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Be Green, Save Green

Posted Mar 13, 2014 by Christyn Zehnder

St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us!  This holiday may bring many things to mind: Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness, and pinches for not wearing green.  However, today I’m going to focus on the GREEN aspect of St. Patrick ’s Day and offer a few ideas on how to be green and save green…aka, incorporating environmentally friendly tips into your daily life that will also help save you money.

Saving Energy

  • Always turn off all lights and unplug electrical appliances when not in use.  Even if something is turned off it will still use electricity if it’s plugged in.  This may seem trivial, but over time it can make a big difference. Common items that are unnecessarily left plugged in include:
    • Hair dryers/straighteners/curling irons
    • VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray players (yes, I said VHS – my parents still have one!)
    • Anything left to charge overnight, such as laptops or cell phones. Most items only require a few hours (if that) to fully charge themselves, so keeping them plugged in overnight for 6+ hours is usually overkill. This will also help preserve your battery life – frequent overcharging tends to drains batteries quicker.
    • Kitchen appliances such as toasters, coffee makers, blenders, etc.
  • Use natural light as much as possible, and when choosing light bulbs use compact, fluorescent light bulbs.  They make up for their initial cost by lasting three to four times longer than the incandescent bulbs!
  • Wash clothes in cold water unless absolutely necessary  
  • Upgrade to a programmable thermostat that is more energy efficient (And of course recycle the old mercury one with us! Come on, you know I had to mention this)

Smart Shopping

  • Buy produce in bulk (And try to stick to in-season fruits and vegetables as much as possible – they’re usually cheaper!)
  • Shop from the local farmer’s market to save on fuel costs used to transport produce
  • Make a list before you grocery shop to focus on needs rather than wants, and stick to it. Buy less, waste less.

See? Living a more “green” life doesn’t always have to be expensive. Small steps like the ones above can help make a difference and actually save you money.  The environment will thank you, and so will your bank account!

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